Kris Mills is a committed Volunteer, a good planner and a true leader.¬†Malaria is an endemic disease in Burkina Faso, as in many countries in Africa. Malaria is more prevalent in the south and southwest regions of Burkina Faso, the area where Kris serves.
Peace Corps Burkina Faso collaborated with the United Nation Volunteer (UNV) Program in Burkina for a two-day awareness campaign as part of 2015 World Malaria Day.
On International World Malaria Day, April 25, Kris conducted a two day event, which coincided with L√©o’s market day. L√©o is a town located in the province of Sissili in Burkina Faso. It is the capital of Sissili Province in the southern region. Planning this event to coincide with market day allowed them to reach more people and bring awareness of the epidemic of malaria. ¬†Kris identified this community as community¬†that needed more education on malaria. Kris worked with the local radio station, who provided air time to raise awareness about malaria. During the Malaria event, Peace Corps Volunteers and the United Nation Volunteers set up a six stations throughout the market, with more than 1,000 people participating.
After the World Malaria Day event, Kris stayed in L√©o to facilitate the Women’s Health and Leadership Conference held on April 27-30, 2015. The objective of the conference was to educate rural women in a variety of topics, including malaria. Malaria sessions were facilitated by Stomp Out Malaria boot camp Alumni Kris and Aicha Pitropia (Peace Corps Burkina Faso’s Grants Manager). ¬†After the sessions, participants felt empowered and very motivated to be resources for their community regarding malaria topics.
PEACE CORPS BURKINA FASO STAFF SAY IT BEST
“Kris generously offers to assist any Volunteer and their communities willing to carry out malaria awareness activities.” -Aicha Pitropia, Peace Corps Burkina Faso’s Grants Manager
OUR TWO CENTS
Kris is an incredible leader with a magnetic personality. After completing boot camp Kris returned to his community and has coordinated many malaria education events that are not only making an impact in his community but are great examples of projects to replicate throughout the country.